As the world of music progresses at an ever quicker rate, it is easy to forget what matters most. Forget about Katy Perry’s upcoming Super Bowl performance. Forget about the Blink-182 fights (which it’s safe to assume Rozwell Kid is super upset about.) See The Mark, Tom & Travis & Dylan & Jordan Show.
Instead, however, remember the face-melting. The other-wordly shredding. The gut-busting vocals that dreams are made of. Remember Rozwell Kid. Within a year of the release of their third full-length, Too Shabby, Rozwell Kid is set to embark on their second full U.S. tour alongside You Blew It and label-mates Tiny Moving Parts.
We spoke with Jordan Hudkins, the Rozwell Man himself, as the band traversed this great nation en route to San Antonio, before making their way up to The Mohawk tomorrow night, January 30.
Do512: Going back to the beginning, the first album, Rozwell Kid LP, was just you and Adam, correct?
Hudkins: Yeah, the first record I played pretty much everything on. Adam was hanging out with me when I was recording it, and I was like dude you should do some sweet licks here, and do this rhythm part. So yeah, he played guitar on every song, and did most of the leads on that record. I did the drums, bass, rhythm, vocals.
Do512: That was 2011, so you were both in your other band, The Demon Beat, at the time?
Hudkins: Yeah, yeah, that was our main focus. We would go out, whenever we could. Most weekends we were out doing like a 3-day run in the region, trying to get as far as we could before we had to be back at work on Monday, that sort of thing.
Do512: The last release, Less is Less, was in 2012. Are you guys still together?
Hudkins: No. We sort of disbanded. Adam wanted to move to Nashville. Try to make some money playing guitar, finally. Ha. Cool city, he knew some cool people down there. After he made the move down to Nashville, we sort of decided, well let’s try some other stuff. And I wanted to focus on Rozwell Kid and write, record more, and play some shows. It was cool, it was a mutual thing. Wasn’t a bad break up or anything like that. Just ready to do something different, cause we’d been doing that for so long.
Do512: Where would say you’re located now? Are you based in Nashville?
Hudkins: No. Adam is the only one that lives in Nashville. Sean, and Devin, and I we’re basically based out of West Virginia. Sean actually lives in P.A., just across the border.
Do512: The 2nd album, Unmacho, was recorded in Pittsburgh. Was there any reason you went out there?
Hudkins: Yeah, it’s our friend Dave Klug. He has a full studio in his house and he does recordings. He’s the guy who mixed and mastered the first record. Just decided to go track and do the whole thing at his house for the 2nd record.
Do512: So you worked with Dave Klug on the first two records, when did Justin Francis come into play?
Hudkins: Justin is one of the cool guys I was mentioning when I said Adam knew people in Nashville. Met Justin when we were in The Demon Beat, through some mututal friends in Pittsburgh, cause Justin’s actually from Pittsburgh. Originally went to recording school, and then settled down in Nashville, got a job at a good studio. So we knew him, we’d see him on Demon Beat trips and were friendly with him and stuff. And then when it came time to record a Rozwell Kid record, he threw his hat in the ring, and was like we could totally do it down here and it’d be awesome. So we did it, we took him up on it.